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Tragedy


TRAG'EDY, noun [Gr. said to be composed of a goat, and a song, because originally it consisted in a hymn sung in honor of Bacchus by a chorus of music, with dances and the sacrifice of a goat.]

1. A dramatic poem representing some signal action performed by illustrious persons, and generally having a fatal issue. Aeschylus is called the father of tragedy

All our tragedies are of kings and princes.

2. A fatal and mournful event; any event in which human lives are lost by human violence, more particularly by unauthorized violence.